The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 22, 2014

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, March 23, 2014

Thanks for help making miracles

Chief Chaplain Craig Dorsey and I would like to extend our appreciation to Chief Jeff Pittman, Sophia Fire Department, Sophia Police, Beckley Fire Department, Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department, Beaver Fire Department for their help at the Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser at IHOP on International Pancake Day.

I want to thank Gov. Earl Tomlin for having representative Kimberly Gross to speak and Congressman Nick Rahall for sending a letter to be read. And there was even a mascot, Mike Epling from the Miners baseball.

I want to also thank Raleigh County Crisis Team, Patrick, Lacy and Richard, for their support. If I have left anyone out, I do apologize.

I commend each and every one of you for helping to make miracles happen when it comes to children. I know too well how important it is to know that they are our future and we need to know that when it comes to health and their well-being, that they have a network and a community standing with them.

It was well worth seeing the fire trucks and police officers. The children were handed hats, stickers from Beaver Fire Department.

I am so proud to be a part of a community where, when asked to be involved with the firefighters, they do not hesitate. I want to thank you with all my heart. When you see a firefighter, shake their hand and say thank you, because you never know when they may have to come to your home. Especially in the kind of weather that we have had this year.

This is a heartfelt thank you for being there at IHOP and for the children. Raleigh County Crisis Team thanks you all for making Children’s Miracle Network day a special one.

Priscilla Dorsey

Assistant Chief Chaplain

Raleigh County Crisis Team


Rahall is much better choice than Jenkins

Elected as a Democrat mischievously turning Republican, maintaining a paid elected position while campaigning opposing Congressman Rahall, I also question this maneuver since Evan Jenkins is not required to resign.

West Virginia’s ranking: 2013 education 47th among 50 scoring, numerous “F” marks; bridges, 14th-worst in the nation in percentage of aged dams, high hazard list 380; U.S. priorities list, nine; roads, 47 percent poor condition; schools require $1.5 billion infrastructure upgrade; 2012, top 10 most dangerous states to drive in; professors’ salaries below national average; 2011 median household income 49th; 2008, top 15 percent drunk-driving deaths; fourth nationally in civilian fire-related deaths; and industrial, human, environmental legislative protection woefully lacking.

Mr. Jenkins has nested within the House of Delegates three terms and presently a third term in the state Senate.  

Congressman Rahall garners much funding and projects to enhance West Virginia. Representative Rahall has expertise conquering the political maze of Washington. West Virginia legislators are responsible to utilize efficiently the endowments Nick Rahall has dedicated his life toward obtaining for us. Congressman Rahall performs his job well.

Jack Platter Sr.